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South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace projected to win primary election

Mace, who has the backing of former President Donald Trump, faced two Republican opponents in Tuesday's primary.
Nancy Mace
Posted at 9:28 PM, Jun 11, 2024

Scripps News and Decision Desk HQ project Republican U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina has won her primary election as she seeks a third term in the U.S. House.

Mace had two Republican opponents in Tuesday's primary. Her chief rival, Catherine Templeton, ran South Carolina's health and environmental agency to some angst a decade ago and in her only political race finished third in the 2018 GOP gubernatorial primary won by Gov. Henry McMaster. Mace also faced Marine veteran and financial planner Bill Young.

Mace had the backing of someone who previously tried to stop her from getting a second term — former President Donald Trump.

The Trump endorsement — after he called her crazy and terrible in 2022 — is just one of many ways Mace has attracted a spotlight far greater than a typical second-term member of Congress.

She's a regular on interview shows, often antagonizing the hosts. She calls for her party to moderate on abortion and marijuana but joined some of the farthest right members to oust former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Mace has said her positions and beliefs aren't erratic — she is just reflecting the values of the 1st District, which stretches from the centuries-old neighborhoods of Charleston down the coast to Beaufort County's booming freshly built neighborhoods of retirees moving to South Carolina from other locations.

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